Director’s Message

We have lots of new children and their families just starting Creche.  We welcome you all.  
 
You may have noticed the teachers have been busy settling lots of new children and welcoming back the old ones.  If you are unsure about anything please do not hesitate to talk to a teacher.  They are there to support you and will do whatever they can to help at this critical time of change and adjustment for your child/ren and family.
 
We have our Annual General Meeting coming up on Wednesday, 8 April. This is a very good opportunity for you to learn more about how Creche is governed.  We also operate a facility to look after your children.
 
Sue Bennett, Director
 

Whekī

Kia Ora Whekī whānau
 
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Te Rarawa, Leo, Oneli and Ember and your whānau.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership.
 
We would like to say ka kite to Waimirirangi and Phoebe who have recently transitioned to Kōwhai.
 
We have recently decorated Whekī to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the children enjoyed exploring the decorations with the kaiako.
 
Please remember to check your notice pockets (hanging above the sign-in sheet) regularly for notices, thank you.    
 

Kōwhai

What a very busy time we have had in the last two weeks.  With enrolments at the University we have welcomed several new children.  We welcome Joddy, Josefa, Abdulaziz and Santi and their families. We also welcome Phoebe, who has transitioned from Whekī and her family.  What a big whānau we are now.  
 
With higher numbers comes some competition for resources and equipment which sometimes translates into “mine”.  We try to stay abreast of rough behaviour but occasionally small injuries result.  We do try to minimise these but small children are very quick.  The other thing that happens is children bond into pairs and small groups, which is fabulous for their learning.
 
We have begun our excursions outside the centre.  Last week several of the bigger children went for a walk to the Uni.  This will be a regular weekly trip and all children will have a chance to participate.  We have double pushchairs for those who can’t walk so far.  
 
Once a month we will use the University van to visit the Taitua Arboretum. This is a wonderful experience and we will let you know if your child is going and when.  Again all children will have the opportunity to participate.
 
While the weather is still so warm we will continue with plenty of water play. It is difficult to stop children getting wet and this is an essential part of our curriculum.  Please bear with us if you ask for your child to stay dry and they get wet.  We try our best but it is not always possible.  Colds are caused by bacteria.  If they do get wet, we get them into dry clothes as soon as they are finished.
 

Nīkau

Well it’s been a busy couple of months here at Nīkau. We would like to welcome all the new children and their families to the centre and we look forward to getting to know you all better. 
 
We are still enjoying lots of water play with the warmer weather. Please remember to pack spare clothes for your child so they can enjoy water or messy play opportunities.  
 
Maire
Tena koutou katoa
 
Well it has been a busy little time here at Maire.  We have quite a few new tamariki and their whānau that have recently joined us at Maire.  We would like to welcome them all and we hope they enjoy their time at Maire with us.  
 
We would like to say ka kite ano to Caleb, Isabelle and their whānau who have moved on to Kauri and are having a great time.  Sharmila has also moved to Kauri which will be really awesome for our tamariki when they move over to Kauri.  We wish her all the very best.
 
Our tamariki have been really busy this last month watching our tadpoles become frogs, reading lots and enjoying a bike day that Tania had organised for them.  The Taitua Arboretum is going really well with Rangi taking a group out one week and Lizzie taking another the following week.  
 
Recently we borrowed the Holiday Programme TV and set up an area in Maire for our tamariki, whānau and staff to watch Te Matatini which we live streamed from the Te Reo channel.  Te Matatini is held every two years. Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is a premiere cultural event in New Zealand and the world’s largest celebration of Māori traditional performing arts.  
 
Our tamariki loved being able to watch kapa haka whenever they wanted to during the day.  We would also like to congratulate one of our whānau who are in the group Te Matarae I Orehu who came second equal.
 
To all the babies born in March we wish you a very big “Hari turitau”.
 
Nga mihi nui the Maire wahine
 

Kauri

We would like to welcome our new children and their families to Kauri. We would also like to welcome Sharmila from Maire to Kauri as our new teacher.  
On Friday, 20 March we are having a breakfast morning at Kauri from
7.00 am to 8:30 am.  We will be serving a delicious breakfast, so please come and join us as we would love to talk to you and get to know more about you and your family. 
 
We have developed an annual plan for 2015 and this is displayed on the back of the lunch box cupboard. Some important events have been planned for this year so have a look. If you have any questions about the annual plan, please do not hesitate to come and talk to one of the teachers. 
 
Ruben the Bear visited Kauri to teach us all about road safety. He shared some cool dancing music and movements! 
Our Ngahere programme has been going very well, and the new Ngahere children are finding their way around Pukemokemoke Reserve. One group has made a new base camp, and the other group has developed an interest in story telling in the bush. 
 
We have also started Group Time, and have a new group of children really enthusiastic to be a part of this new learning community. This time, children have discussed and decided to learn about polar bears!
 
Work & Income NZ Childcare Subsidies
Childcare subsidies are increasing from Monday, 30 March 2015 as follows:
 
If you are receiving a childcare subsidy then your weekly fee payable by you will reduce.  Please see the Office for your new weekly amount.
 

Easter Party

On Thursday, 2 April at 10.00 am we will be having our annual Easter Party.  
 
Whekī and Kōwhai children will gather in the Kōwhai/Whekī playground for their goodies and celebration. 
 
Nīkau, Maire and Kauri will gather in Kauri for their goodies and a visit from the Easter bunny.  You are most welcome to come along and join in the fun.
 

Easter

Creche will be closed for 3 days over the Easter Break which commences on Friday, 3 April.   In addition to being closed on Good Friday, we are also closed on Easter Monday, 6 April and Tuesday, 7 April.  Parents will be charged full fees for these days.
 
Should your child/ren attend Campus Creche part time and their booking falls on one of these public holidays, you are more than welcome to swap the day for another day in the same week.  We require 3 weeks written notice and this is subject to availability.
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Office.
 
Full fees apply for ALL these days that Creche is closed.
 

Creche’s Annual General Meeting

Our AGM is to be held in our Kōwhai Centre on Wednesday, 8 April commencing at 5.15 pm with drinks, nibbles and a sausage sizzle.  The meeting will start at 5.45 pm.
 
All parents in attendance will go into a draw for one week’s free childcare.
 
Please let the Creche Office know if you require childcare for your children while you attend the meeting.
 

Trust Members

The Trust is Creche’s governing body.  The Trust is responsible for the strategic direction of our organisation and usually meet 6 to 8 times per year. 
 
The Trust is made up of:   a representative chosen by the Vice Chancellor, one chosen by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, the Director of Creche, a Creche staff representative and up to five parent/community representatives.  
 
If you are interested in becoming a Trust member please see a staff member or come and see Sue, the Director.
 

Holiday Programme

Our next Holiday Programme commences on Tuesday, 7 April for 2 weeks at Hillcrest Normal School.  They are off to the movies in the first week and then doing the Amazing Race in the second week.
 
The programme runs from 8.00 am to 5.30 pm.  Weekly and daily bookings are available.
 
If you wish to enrol your child/ren for the April programme or future 2015 programmes, please contact the Creche Office to pick up an enrolment form.  Enrolment forms are also available from Kauri.
 

Annual Portfolio Charge

Creche’s $20.00 Annual Portfolio charge will now have been charged to your Creche account.  If you have not done so, please ensure this has been paid for.  If you have a weekly AP set up this may not have been paid.
 

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books will be available for purchase with presales available in the next few weeks.  Books are $60.00 each and Creche will receive $12.00 of this.